Adult website banner seen in CNN’s live election coverage confirmed as fake

It turns out that the Pornhub banner seen in the background of CNN’s live coverage of the election was fake.

A viral clip showcasing what was thought to be an embarrassing mishap circulated throughout the Internet on Tuesday. The edited clip shows CNN news anchor, John King, seemingly flicking away a Pornhub notification that pops up on the screen as election results are discussed. Twitter picked up on the 11-second video, equal parts skeptical of its veracity and near-impressed that it happened on live television.

King himself posted Friday on Twitter that the clip was made by “some clown taking time away from lying about something else apparently because they don’t like math.” One of those who replied to King’s tweet stated, “It’s a joke, chill.”

Should users take a peep at the doctored video themselves now on Twitter’s platform, they’ll see a “manipulated media” label at the bottom of

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YouTube takes down live streams with fake election results


YouTube took down videos with fake election results.

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This story is part of Elections 2020, CNET’s coverage of the run-up to voting in November.

YouTube on Tuesday said it took down multiple videos that live streamed fake election results, hours before polls closed anywhere in the country. 

The videos streamed the false results to thousands of viewers before they were deleted by the world’s largest video platform, which is owned by Google. Some of the videos ran advertisements, which means their creators were able to make money off of the content. 

“After careful review, we are removing livestreams that violate our Community Guidelines,” a YouTube spokesman said in a statement. “We have established policies prohibiting spam, deceptive practices & scams, and we continue to be

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YouTube Accounts Livestream Fake Election Results to Thousands

(Bloomberg) — Several YouTube accounts livestreamed fake U.S. election results to tens of thousands of viewers hours before any of the polls closed — and before YouTube took the clips down as spam.

a close up of a computer: The logo for YouTube Inc. is displayed on a laptop computer in an arranged photograph taken in the Brooklyn borough of New York, U.S., on Sunday, May 10, 2020. The video arm of Alphabet Inc.'s Google is offering new tools and audience statistics specifically for advertising on TV - screen space where YouTube has trailed cable channel.

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The logo for YouTube Inc. is displayed on a laptop computer in an arranged photograph taken in the Brooklyn borough of New York, U.S., on Sunday, May 10, 2020. The video arm of Alphabet Inc.’s Google is offering new tools and audience statistics specifically for advertising on TV – screen space where YouTube has trailed cable channel.

Starting Tuesday morning, multiple channels posted similar, lengthy live videos on the Google-owned site. Each showed a mock presidential election map filled in with theoretical results. These broadcasts appeared at the top of the YouTube page for the search term “election results” and were watched by thousands of online viewers. Some of the clips ran advertisements.


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How to spot fake social media accounts and internet trolls

In June, the hashtag #DCblackout erupted on Twitter. A series of tweets claimed authorities had blocked protesters from communicating on their smartphones in order to tamp down on unrest around police brutality and the killing of George Floyd.

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A user scrolls through a Twitter feed on the screen of an iPhone. (Chris Ratcliffe / Bloomberg)

Images circulated of an inferno raging beside the Washington Monument, illuminating the landmark dramatically in the nighttime.


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It was all false. The images were doctored. Local officials rushed to correct the misinformation. Twitter said it was investigating the situation and had already suspended hundreds of spammy accounts using the hashtag.

It turned out the deception was the result of a sophisticated campaign that employed a combination of hacked accounts and fake accounts, including some that typically tweeted about Korean pop music. A day or two before, the K-pop

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Instagram Pauses ‘Recent’ Search Listings on U.S. Site to Stop Fake Election News | Technology News

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Instagram said on Thursday it was making changes to its image sharing platform for U.S. users to prevent the spread of misinformation around the Nov. 3 presidential election.

For users in the United States, Instagram will temporarily remove the “Recent” tab from hashtag pages starting Thursday, it said in a statement on Twitter.

“We’re doing this to reduce the real-time spread of potentially harmful content that could pop up around the election,” the statement added.

Instagram’s “Recent” tab arranges hashtags in chronological order and amplifies content. Researchers have cautioned that automated amplification can lead to the rapid spread of misinformation on the platform.

The development comes as social media companies face increasing pressure to combat election-related misinformation and prepare for the possibility of violence or poll place intimidation around the Nov. 3 vote.

Earlier this month, Twitter Inc

said it will remove tweets calling for people

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Trump Slams Twitter, Says ‘Trending’ Is Fake Because ‘Biden Corruption’ Is Biggest Story

President Donald Trump on Wednesday stepped up his Twitter rants, complaining about how Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s “corruption” isn’t trending on Twitter. The posting was both an attack on Biden and the social media giant, which at times has been at odds with Trump.

“Why isn’t Twitter trending Biden corruption? It’s the biggest, and most credible, story anywhere in the world. Fake Trending!!!” Trump posted on Twitter at about 1 p.m. ET.

A word, phrase, or topic that is mentioned at a greater rate than others on Twitter is said to be a “trend.” Trending topics become popular either through a concerted effort by users or because of an event that prompts people to talk about a specific topic. Twitter Trends are determined using an algorithm, not the site itself.

In his tweet, Trump seemed to be referring to a New York Post article which suggested that Biden

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Donald Trump’s Campaign Website Briefly Defaced As Hackers Had ‘Enough of Fake News’

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Ahead of 2020 presidential elections next week, President Donald Trump’s website was defaced for a brief period on Tuesday. The website was reverted to its original content within a few minutes of the hack taking place. A message posted on the upcoming events page of said that the world had ‘had enough’ of the ‘fake news’ spread by Trump. The message claimed of having access to “classified information” that the “trump-gov is involved in the origin of the coronavirus”.

The hackers also claimed to have dirt on Trump and posted details of a cryptocurrency account people could transfer funds to if they wanted to see the information released publicly.

”This site was seized. The world has had enough of the fake-news spread by President Donald J. Trump.It is time to allow the world to know the truth”, the message read. Notably,

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Fake news spread on WhatsApp to Indian Americans plays stealth role in U.S. election

By Paresh Dave

OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) – New Jersey tech entrepreneur Arun Bantval is U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden’s top fake-news watchdog on messaging service WhatsApp about the Democrat and his Indian American running mate Kamala Harris.

Messages on WhatsApp, owned by Facebook Inc, are confidential and cannot be seen by moderators who police misleading memes, claims and other content on the social media giant’s flagship platform. Two billion users rely on WhatsApp’s free app to chat with individuals and groups of up to 256 people.

Bantval, 56, who chairs the Biden campaign’s five-member rapid response team focused on South Asian voters, has tracked dozens of concerning messages of unknown origin and crafted about 50 rebuttal graphics and texts over the last three months.

His team and similar ones at nonpartisan groups are trying to fill WhatsApp’s moderation void by joining big WhatsApp groups and asking community leaders to report

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How long can Nam Do San fake it as Seo Dal Mi’s childhood love?

By Bryan Tan

This recap contains spoilers and covers episodes 3-4 of Start Up, which is currently available on Netflix.

After making a sleek entrance at Seo Dal Mi’s (Bae Suzy) networking event pretending to be her successful, hotshot boyfriend, Nam Do San (Nam Joo Hyuk) finds himself completely out of his element when he meets her sister Won In Jae (Kang Han Na) and mother (Song Seon Mi). 

If you enjoyed Nam Joo Hyuk’s transformation from homme fatale to clueless computer nerd in Start Up, you’ll definitely swoon over this reverse image overhaul, complete with sharp suits and shiny dress shoes in these latest episodes. Despite the outward change, Nam is still very much the naïve geek who struggles with social conventions and has had minimal interaction with the opposite sex; very much like Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory, sans the despotic need to be right all

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Fake naked photos of thousands of women shared online

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More than 100,000 women have had their clothes digitally removed from images

Faked nude images of more than 100,000 women have been created from social media pictures and shared online, according to a new report.

Clothes are digitally removed from pictures of women by Artificial Intelligence (AI), and spread on the messaging app Telegram.

Some of those targeted “appeared to be underage”, the report by intelligence company Sensity said.

But those running the service said it was simply “entertainment”.

The BBC has tested the software and received poor results.

Sensity claim the technology used is a “deepfake bot”.

Deepfakes are computer-generated, often realistic images and video, based on a real template. One of its uses has been to create faked pornographic video clips of celebrities.

But Sensity’s chief executive Giorgio Patrini said the shift to using photos of private individuals is relatively new.

“Having a social media account with public

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